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Student Support March Edition

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Spring is coming!

Spring is so nearly here, we got a small glimpse this weekend, fingers crossed for more great weather. Here is our newsletter for this month from Student Support, happy reading!

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So this year the theme has changed to British Science Week. British Science week will be held the week of the 16th March and climaxing with The Showcase on Friday!

We have some really great stuff going on for everyone this year.

Tuesday 17th March - Science Market Place in the foyer over lunch.

Thursday 19th March - Cars of the future and cars of the past!

Friday 20th March - The Showcase!

We are looking for some volunteers to help with our top gear track car too! If you would like to volunteer and help for a little over the lunch period Tuesday - Thursday (even just half an hour) we would love to hear from you.

if you would like to help contact

Student Conference Success!

Reading College recently held its annual student conference.

Students were asked to join the event to get their voice heard and to learn valuable skills to take forward over the rest of the year.

The conference started with a talk by Graham Edmunds, Paralympic GB Gold Medallist, who grew up in Reading and returned to tell his inspiring story.

Graham’s main message was essentially to work hard to achieve your dreams and never give up, even if life becomes really hard.

Graham said “I had a really bad time when I had my accident, but I soon realised there were people worse off than me. It is important to look out, not in.”

All the students listened intently to Graham, and were very engaged in the talk.

Student Beth Howell, from health and social care, said: “His story is inspirational and inspiring. Hearing his story gave me an adrenaline rush. His determination is amazing - he turned his dream into reality”.

After the talk, the students were split up into groups and rotated around three workshops, each workshop included various tasks.

Sian Walsh, Progression Adviser, said " I think the event was really well organised and there were a good range of activities to keep the students attention and motivation flowing."

It was a very different day for our students. The event helped them to improve skills like team working, problem solving, brainstorming and at the same time having lots of fun!​​

National Careers Week 2015

It was National Careers Week last week (2nd – 6th March) and the Employment and Careers team had a stand in the foyer for students to collect information and ask the team for more information.

They have been promoting their Twitter @Employment_Shop and Google Community:

Please promote these social media opportunities to your students so that they can keep up to date with the latest information and job vacancies.

Employment and Careers attend open event at 3aaa

Sian Walsh and Claire Thomas took 3 BTEC Level 2/3 ICT students to the Open Event at 3aaa - 300 Aspen Road (just across the road from college). They had the chance to meet with some apprentices and find out more about opportunities in the local area. Alok Sharma, the MP for West Reading gave a speech and the ribbon was cut by John Madjeski; who spoke to our students personally as they were the only students at the event! Sian and Claire left the event with plenty of leaflets and look forward to receiving more vacancies from the 3aaa team!

3aaa are running drop in sessions for any students who may be interested in ICT, Business, Marketing or Accounting/Finance apprenticeships between 4-6:30pm this week (National Apprenticeship Week 09/03/2015 – 13/03/2015). Please forward this information to any students who may be interested in attending. If you require any information, please contact

Reading College Counselling services.

Do you know that Reading College has a Counselling Service which is free to all students?

Do you know that we have four counsellors working in the service?

Do you know how simple it is to make a referral?

If not then please take a minute to read the information below and if you would like to know more about the service please feel free to email Kim Parish on

If you feel that a student might be struggling in some way and you’re not sure how or whether you can help them you can always contact Kim who will be very happy to have a discreet conversation with you on whether a referral should be made.

To make a referral you can do one of the following:

You can bring your student to room C67, if Kim is free her door will be open. ​

Shake up your wake up

Student Support will be starting a shake up your wake up Breakfast club pilot on the 16th March

The aim is to improve attendance cross college, any learner who arrives at college between 8.00 – 8.25 will be eligible for Toast and Tea free of charge!!

The pilot will be running for two weeks to see what the impact will be.

For more information please contact Gill Davidson.

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Food bank donations needed!

The College food bank is running low and donations are needed.

We are looking for donations of tinned and dry goods and cereals and pulses.

Please take any donations to Liz Lang in C12.

Thank you!

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The Room is There...

Do you have students who are very shy, anxious and maybe don't feel they fit in? Refer them to The Room (name chosen by students). Despite its unconventional name, The Room is a relaxed environment run by the Ambassadors. Students who might find the canteen too busy can come and eat their lunch and be involved as much or as little as they like.

The room is referral only, if you have a student you think would benefit from The Room you can refer to Zoe Grant or Claire Davies.

Sports Corner

Use the Play Zone this Spring

The Weather is warming up, so make use of the Play Zone (Table tennis tables, Basketball hoop ) area!

Please book this via the The Student HUB /The Edge or email direct .


Sagheer is looking for new participants for our netball classes!

All abilities and levels WELCOME. Please email Sagheer to Signup .

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Active College Survey

Can we please get as many of your Students to complete the Sport England survey in your tutorial sessions?

This survey will highlight and indicate how well we are progressing in relation to sports enrichment participation at Reading College.

There is also an incentive to win £200 of high Street Vouchers!

We have added an Active Colleges tab, link in Student Hub and The Edge for ease of access for your groups to click or you can follow the link below. The survey should take no more than 8 minutes to complete. If you require any further assistance, I am available to visit classes most mornings during the three week period of survey from 2 March to 23 March. I have linked in a google document below, to book a slot if you prefer.

Many thanks for your support.

Click on the link below to book me as a visitor to your sessions.

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